Two resolutions have been passed by Union County Commissioners as cost-saving measures.

Two resolutions have been passed by Union County Commissioners as cost-saving measures.

Charles Hall proposed at a Jan. 21 meeting that commissioners skip the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., March 9-11.

"We glean a lot of information by going there," Hall said.

President Tom McCarthy said that last year Sens. John McCain and Joe Biden addressed the conference, which draws county commissioners from across the country.

The focus of the conference is on national programs, according to Commissioner Gary Lee.

He and Hall said that they have a chance to meet with senators and congressmen and would be afforded an opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with legislators from Ohio on the final day of the conference.

Given the state of the economy, Hall recommended that the county not take advantage of the conference.

Airfare, registration and hotel expenses, according to McCarthy, would cost about $1,000 for each commissioner attending.

McCarthy and Lee agreed with Hall.

Although the conference is relatively inexpensive when compared to other conferences, the commissioners said, it is better not to spend the funds.
McCarthy also proposed that they cease printing the county newsletter.

The publication, which is distributed to all residents of the county, costs between $5,000 and $10,000 per issue, according to McCarthy.

A memo is expected to be circulated to those who have expressed an interest in the publication, explaining that the commissioners are looking for ways to trim their budget.

McCarthy and Lee said they were able to distribute one copy of the publication before the downturn in the economy prompted them to reconsider using it as a tool to reach residents.